Friday, February 17, 2012
I hate child pornographers and pedophiles, but I cannot support warrantless searches and information gathering. Perhaps we can have a system of expedited warrants, but I just don't like the idea that a government ( even a government that I generally support) could have such powers without warrants. I am not a fan of C-30, it needs to be amended. Vic Toews, stay out of my inbox. And no, it's not because I'm trying to hide messages between me and kiddie porn providers. I was about to write a column defending the Tories' "lawful access" bill, albeit with strong reservations. Then Public Safety Minister Vic Toews accused anyone and everyone who wasn't fully behind his bill of being supportive of the sexual creeps who prey on children by making and distributing pornographic images of them. Seriously, Mr. Toews? Could you have done anything else that would have more thoroughly confirmed civil libertarians' fears about your bill's assault on privacy and personal liberty? It is not a sign of indifference to the scourge of online child pornography to be concerned about giving police too much authority to snoop around in Canadians' online activities. That's a genie that cannot be put back in its bottle once it's been released.